Prepare yourselves for lots of links in today’s fluids round-up!
- Longtime FYFD favorite Mark Stock (see here, here, and here) and his collaborator James Susinno have unveiled a new interactive art piece, “Everything is Made of Atoms” that utilizes some impressive real-time fluids simulation. NVIDIA’s blog has some details on the computing.
- ScarbsF1 takes a detailed look at the F-duct used to stall an F1 car’s rear wing to reduce drag. (submitted by Vinnie)
- Just in time for summer fun, National Geographic talks about the physics of water slides.
- SpaceX’s reusable Grasshopper rocket has set a new altitude test of over 1000 ft. Check out this feat of aerodynamic control over at io9.
- Stanford engineers are using high-speed video of birds in the wild to study the mechanics of flapping flight. If you check out their video, you’ll notice how the birds rotate their wings as they flap in order to maximize lift throughout the flapping cycle. (via io9)
- Speaking of io9, they highlighted a couple of great examples of meteorological fluid dynamics recently: roll clouds and water spouts.
- New research suggests that thresher sharks may whip their tails quickly enough to produce cavitation-induced shockwaves to stun their prey. If so, they join the pistol and mantis shrimp in utilizing this technique for hunting.
- If you’re looking for some casual games, Liquid Sketch is a fun fluids puzzle game for iOS (submitted by Keri B)
- Finally, congratulations to Toronoto’s AeroVelo for capturing the AHS Sikorsky Prize with their human-powered helicopter. Check out this video from their historic flight (submitted by Chris R).
(Photo credit: AeroVelo)